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Grant Funds Available for Volunteer Fire Departments

Recognizing the bravery and heroism of our community firefighters, New Jersey American Water has instituted a new grant program for volunteer fire departments located in the company’s service areas.

Grants will be awarded to cover the costs associated with purchasing personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training and related activities/materials that will be used to support community fire protection. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2010.

To apply, fire companies must send a letter of application complete with the following information:

• Contact information, including name and phone number

• Description of the organization(s) seeking support, including fire company name, address, and county in which it is located

• Overview of the specific project to be funded

• Grant amount requested

• Problem/challenges that the project will address

• Timeframe for implementation of the project

• Summary of other sources being approached for support of the project

• Project budget

“Oftentimes, volunteer fire departments lack the resources to implement various projects,” said Peter Eschbach, director of external affairs and communications at New Jersey American Water. “New Jersey American Water hopes that through this program, we can provide assistance to a few local fire departments. While we provide the water to fight fires, it’s the brave men and women volunteering their time and skills that keep our homes and businesses safe.”

A team of New Jersey American Water employees along with fire company volunteers will review applications. The company will notify applicants of the grant winners and grant funding amounts in January 2011. As New Jersey American only has a limited amount of funding set aside for this program, grants will be evaluated on the ability to provide maximum benefits.

Reimbursement for specific fire training classes, including the cost of training manuals and student workbooks, is eligible. Individuals are not eligible to receive grants. Only uniformed volunteer fire departments serving New Jersey American Water’s service territory are eligible to receive funding.

Regional or countywide applications are encouraged to maximize the number of fire and emergency organizations that would benefit from the grants. The maximum grant amount is $1,000.

Applications can be mailed to:

New Jersey American Water

1025 Laurel Oak Road

Voorhees, NJ 08043

Attn: Volunteer Fire Fighter Grant Program c/o Peter Eschbach

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

Contacts:

New Jersey American Water
Peter Eschbach, 856-782-2316
peter.eschbach@amwater.com

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